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Fijians Confident: Kumar

Fijians Confident: Kumar
The Anthems. OFC U-19 Women's Championship 2017, Samoa v Fiji, Ngahue Reserve Auckland, Monday 17th July 2017. Photo: David Joseph /
July 21
11:59 2017

The Vodafone Fijian team must beat Papua New Guinea today to keep their chances alive for the 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in France.

The Saroj Kumar-coached side is currently third on the table with four points following a 2-2draw against Samoa and 4-1 victory over Tonga in the first round.

Papua New Guinea is second on the table with 6 pts and hosts New Zealand tops the table with 9 pts.

Kumar said the girls were on a mission and ready to give their best against their Melanesian sisters at 3pm today.

“We are confident,”Kumar said.

“We’ll try to work on our finishing. Our build up and our middle play are good. But we need some finishing touches so that we can score more goals.

“Right now the morale of the team is high in camp.”

Although a win for PNG would keep them on New Zealand’s tail in the race for France, Coach Rachel Wadunah is preparing her side for a neck-and-neck battle as they defend their second-place standing against Fiji.

“It will be like the New Zealand game where we will sit deep and compact in the middle and when we have chances to counter attack we will push forward to score.

“We have to work on our clearances at the back and also making sure that they get back and defend on the wings. Those are the main things we have to work on in preparation for the game against Fiji,” she said.

New Zealand vs Samoa

With three wins under their belt, New Zealand are on track for their seventh consecutive appearance at a FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, but with Papua New Guinea hot on their trail – and Fiji and New Caledonia close behind – the defending champions’ day 4 encounter is a must-win.

Fiji: 1. Ateca Tuwai (GK), 2. Cecelia Nainima, 3. Mereoni Tora, 4. Sekola Waqanidrola, 5. Veniana Ranadi, 6. Ledua Senisea, 7. Koleta Likuculacula, 8. Timaima Vuniyayawa, 9. Asenaca Diranuve, 10. Luisa Tamanitoakula, 11. Cema Nasau, 12. Silina Qarawaqa, 13. Louisa Simmons, 14. Miriama Bakaniceva, 15. Maca Ralagi, 16. Aliza Hussein, 17. Miliana Bureitau, 18. Cynthia Dutt, 19. Laca Tikosaya, 20. Maria PARR (GK).

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